Tremains Art Deco Festival 2017
17-19 February 2017
On 3 February, 1931, HMS VERONICA lay at anchor in Napier harbour. At 10:46am, Commander Morgan, captain of VERONICA, heard a terrific roar. “The ship heaved and tossed. For about ten seconds I stool still and then ran on to the boat deck. I could see houses falling and roads cracking. Everything seemed to disappear in a cloud of dust.”
The service offered by VERONICA’s ship’s company, and later by HMS DUNEDIN and DIOMEDE, following Napier’s devastating 7.8 earthquake, has never been forgotten in Napier. In February each year, the citizens are reminded of that service during its colourful week-long Art Deco Festival, a homage to the period when Napier rebuilt itself in the architecture of the time, with people dressing in 1930s fashion. And each year, the Navy are invited to share some of the festival’s special moments, dressed in white uniforms largely unchanged since the thirties.
Anzac Day Gallipoli 2017
On 25 April each year we commemorate the landings of the Anzacs on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.
In 2017, Australia and New Zealand will conduct the iconic Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorations Site at Gallipoli, starting at 5:30am after an overnight vigil. Later that morning Australia will conduct a memorial service at Lone Pine, commencing at 9:30am and New Zealand will conduct its own memorial service at Chunuk Bair, commencing at 11:30am.
For more information and frequently asked questions, visit the WW100 website ww100.govt.nz